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Medieval Studies

Rebecca Baltzer

Professor EmeritusPh.D., Boston University



Rebecca A. Baltzer (Ph.D., Boston University), Professor of Musicology Emerita, specializes in medieval music, especially that of the Notre-Dame School and Ars Antiqua; notation; history of theory; codicology; and liturgy and liturgical books of medieval Paris.  At the graduate level she regularly teaches Music of the Middle Ages, Medieval and Renaissance Notation, and History of Music Theory to 1750, along with special-topic seminars.

At the undergraduate level she has taught the upper-division survey course on Medieval and Renaissance music (MUS 330M), music appreciation (MUS 302L), and a course on American Popular Song, 1920-1970 (MUS 342).  She also has interests in the Delta blues tradition of her native Mississippi.

She is a past recipient of the American Musicological Society's Alfred Einstein Award, given for excellence of a musicological article, and has published articles and reviews in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Current Musicology, Notes, Speculum, the New Grove, and the Dictionary of the Middle Ages.  She has contributed chapters to five books, edited Volume 5 of a seven-volume critical edition of the Magnus liber organi (Monaco, 1995), co-edited The Union of Words and Music in Medieval Poetry (Texas, 1991), and co-edited The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages (Oxford, 2000), which won an award from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.  One of the founders of UT's Medieval Studies program, she also served for four years as an Associate Dean of the Graduate School.  She was Treasurer of the American Musicological Society from 1993 through 2000 and has also served as its Vice-President and as a Director-at-large.  In Fall 1996 she was a visiting professor at Princeton University.

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